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Keeping Chickens: The Essential Guide Paperback – April 5, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 1 edition (April 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715325671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715325674
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once you've decided which chickens you'd like to keep, how do you go about caring for them? Poultry keepers Hobson and Lewis have produced a nice introduction to backyard chicken keeping. In 11 chapters they consider all aspects of chicken care and maintenance. The authors first look at understanding chickens and what to consider before adding them to the family, followed by choosing a breed (with breed descriptions) and obtaining stock. Chicken care is covered in a chapter on housing and cleaning and one on how to feed your new acquisitions. All you ever wanted to know about eggs, breeding information, and health care fill a section each, with egg crafts and egg recipes completing the text. Delightfully illustrated with pastoral photographs of contented chickens and lovely small watercolors, this British import is a good basic start to chicken keeping Bent, Nancy
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About the Author

Jeremy Hobson has a lifetime of farming experience and lives in Northern France.

Celia Lewis is an artist/craftsperson with a special interest in hens and other domestic birds. She lives in Surrey, England.

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It is a great book to have on a coffee table--beautiful and wholesome.
Shane D. Anderson
If you like chickens and want to start raising them this is a good starter book.
Angela Mcclelland
We are contemplating how to do this, so really glad we came across this book!
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By N. Ferguson on February 2, 2008
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I really enjoyed this 2007 British book. It is designed for the family considering keeping a few hens in the garden, and is full of information and things to think about. There are (very) brief descriptions of many breeds. A great strength of this book is it's lovely and varied photography (it even has some nice paintings!). It's very entertaining and a FUN read, even including crafts to do with the kids related to chickens! Overall there's a lot crammed in to 150 pages.

Just don't believe the reviewer who said this could be the one book you buy- definitely not true. This is a fun, clearly written book for "dreaming about chickens"-- you'll still need other resources for more indepth information in different areas if you decide to take the plunge. More comprehensive info can be found in "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" by Gail Damerow. I also really liked "Living with Chickens". "Choosing and Keeping Chickens" is a great guide to choosing the right breed for your family.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on September 20, 2007
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This short but sweet book is loaded with great advice for the potential first-time chicken-owner, on a wide variety of topics, and has a lot of great pictures to go along with it. Unlike some other books about keeping animals that have historically been used only for food purposes, this book acknowledges and has information for every different type of chicken owner. Some people will be keeping them for meat, some for eggs, some for showing, and some as family pets. And indeed, the majority of the book focuses on the care and upkeep of chickens instead of how to kill a chicken and prepare the carcass. As someone who plans to keep chickens for non-meat reasons, I really appreciated that the reader was not talked to with the assumption that one is only keeping chickens for one reason. Topics covered include the many interesting and beautiful breeds of chicken, chicken anatomy, how to hatch eggs with or without a broody hen, whether one should get a rooster, what to feed them, various types of diseases and conditions they're prone to, what type of housing they need, the ins and outs of eggs, and breeding. There are also a lot of neat trivia tidbits, such as the classification of egg sizes, how the earlobe color usually determines the color of the eggs, and the role chickens and roosters have played in various religions. Concluding the book are chapters about interesting arts and crafts one can make with eggshells and feathers (such as earrings, greeting cards, Chinese lacquer, and cress heads) and some interesting recipes one can make with one's eggs (such as hazelnut meringue roulade and baked eggs in mushroom flans). Overall, it really paints a picture of chickens as a fun, interesting, neat, rewarding, worthwhile pet with so many different functions, whether one intends to keep them to show at 4-H shows, to have a year-round supply of eggs, as pets, or as meat.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jill B. Gill on January 19, 2008
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I have been keeping laying hens for fifteen years, and this is the best book that I have ever read on the subject of keeping chickens. It is written with the small flock owner in mind. A caring, humane attitude toward these wonderful creatures comes through both the written content and illustrations in the book. The book covers the usual topics, such as the various breeds, housing and cleaning, feeding, breeding, and health care. It also has chapters on the prospective chicken owner's rationale for having chickens, crafts with eggs and feathers, and yummy egg (not chicken meat!) recipes. The color photos and illustrations are spectacular, and the writing is clear and full of useful information.
Whether you are new to chicken keeping or are an experienced flock tender, I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Stockbridge on March 27, 2008
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This book is loaded with great color photos and tons of good info about how to set-up and maintain a small flock of happy, healthy chickens. Perfect for someone just getting started or, like me, a city gal who just likes to dream about being a farm girl...
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Anyone keeping chickens, especially those new to the art, will welcome KEEPING CHICKENS: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ENJOYING AND GETTING THE BEST FROM CHICKENS. It offers an all-in-one guide to chickens, from understanding the specific attributes of over 40 breed types to choosing, buying, and keeping chickens healthy. If only one chicken-keeping guide were chosen for either a rural or urban library, it should be this: the easy tips and color throughout make it both practical and inviting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shane D. Anderson on December 27, 2008
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I agree with the positive comments about this book by other reviewers, but I wanted to add that the photography and typographical layout of this book are wonderful! It is a great book to have on a coffee table--beautiful and wholesome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KarenN on May 15, 2009
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This book has wonderful color photos and great descriptions for the breeds. We have a young daughter so it was helpful to learn which breeds did well with children. I had experience with Rhode Island Reds, but did not know much about any other breeds. It has ideas for housing and even how to tame a chicken. I did not know you could give them raisins! The recipe and craft section was okay, but just general care and the breeds were great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Larson on April 9, 2009
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This book is wonderfully illustrated, covers a wide range of topics, but doesn't delve too deeply into any of them, and also contains segments with craft ideas for eggs and feathers, as well as egg recipes.
I am happy to have this as a refrence.
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